Season 8 Award Winners

Award: Most Powerful Storytelling

This award goes to the film that stopped us in our tracks and drew us in completely. We look for a compelling premise with characters that help us understand the world around us better than before. This award goes to the film that we think of first when we think, “Season 8 Films.”

The Forgotten Place

Oscar Rene Lozoya II

Award: Celebrating Difference

This is the film that most expands our thinking about what it means to be different. When a film can illustrate how someone is different while also instilling a sense of empathy in the viewer, then that’s a film worthy of the Celebrating Difference award.

Award: Inspiring Connection

This is the film that speaks to the heart about what meaningful connection looks like and feels like. Whether the film makes a person feel gratitude for the connections they have, or a film that inspires a person to seek out the connections they need, a viewer is left inspired and uplifted.

Play Date

Paige Morrow Kimball

Honorable Mentions

We can’t give awards to every worthy film, but we can recognize those that we found remarkable. And we think you’d find them remarkable, too.


Austin Bunn


Ewa Smyk

Lucky Fish

Emily May Jampel

My Duduś

Tom Krawcyzk

The iMom

Ariel Martin

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